Scientists: There are 10 basic categories of fragrances






Most people are aware that there are five main types of taste: sweet, bitter, salty, sour and spicy. What about the main types of smell ? According to the article, published Sept. 18 in the journal PLOS one world of smells, too, can be divided into major categories.

Research staff of the University of Pittsburgh and the National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, United States, claim that according to their research can be identified 10 basic categories of smell: sweet, wood / resin, fruit (not citrus), chemical, mint / pepper-mint, sweet, attention … “popkornovy” lemon, acute (sharp) and rotten. Thus the most disgusting, according to scientists, are the last two (especially in combination).

Now scientists want by additional experiments to learn whether it is possible definition of an odor by only examining its chemical composition.

“In fact, as accurate research regarding odors no one did. Although, of course, most perfume companies, and companies that work with a variety of flavors and tastes, are interested in such research. After all, they support the idea that the world smells like and tastes of the world, can be precisely structured and divided into a core set of basic categories “- is written in the article.

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